Samantha Simmons, MPH

Samantha Simmons, MPH is the Director of The Whole Health in the States Initiative and the President of the Oregon Collaborative for Integrative Medicine. Ms. Simmons is an accomplished leader in the field of integrative medicine with an extensive background in many facets of driving transformation in healthcare through collaborative initiatives and strategic partnerships. She is passionate about health policy advocacy and driving utilization of models of whole person care for underserved populations through innovative initiatives and partnerships. Ms. Simmons received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Public Health degrees from Portland State University and has dedicated her entire career to removing barriers to healthcare that is interprofessional and focused on a person’s whole health and wellbeing. Her strategies towards these ends center around health policy advocacy and education, program development, interprofessional and inter-institutional collaboration and strategic multi-stakeholder initiatives. Ms. Simmons serves as the Chair of Policy Committee of the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health Pain Taskforce and has served previously as Chair of their Policy Working Group. She serves on numerous committees, boards and workgroups in partnership with organizations working towards the goal of healthcare that looks like health and is accessible by all